ERIC Number: ED314400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Strategies for Coping with Failure Syndrome Students. Research Series No. 197.
Brophy, Jere; Rohrkemper, Mary
Experienced elementary teachers (N=98) described their general strategies for coping with failure syndrome students and told how they would handle incidents depicted in two vignettes portraying failure syndrome problems at school. Compared to their responses concerning some of the other problem student types addressed in the Classroom Strategy Study, the teachers were unusually confident about their abilities to intervene successfully with failure syndrome students. They tended to mention similar response strategies featuring a combination of support, encouragement, demands for improved persistence, and task assistance designed to shape better work habits through successive approximations. These stratagies for responding to failure syndrome problems reported by most teachers were well matched to the strategies supported by the research literature. However, teachers were not familiar with cognitive modeling as a method for teaching students better coping strategies, nor with the importance of teaching them to persist in the face of frustration or failure rather than just programming them for success. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Cognitive Restructuring, Elementary Education, Helplessness, Modeling (Psychology), Psychological Patterns, Self Concept, Student Behavior, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
Institute for Research on Teaching, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, E. Lansing, MI 48824 ($7.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.